This March we are highlighting the following topics:
- Women's History Month
- Utah Coalition for Educational Technology
- Read Across America Day
The Ultimate Demo Slam: Utah Google Certified Trainer Edition is an action-packed hour of pure Google Workspace excitement! The Google Certified Trainers in Utah will vie to become the Demo Slam master by presenting one SLAM* each. Participants will watch, learn, discuss, and ultimately judge which Demo Slam will be deemed ultimate Google champion for 2022! Come be a part of this annual part of the UCET experience!
*A SLAM is a two-minute demonstration of the capacities of our favorite tools. All Slams will focus on using the Google Workspace tools to positively impact productivity, instruction, and student learning.
The Adobe Creative Suite of tools (available to all Utah public school educators) includes several powerful and practical educational tools. Most teachers, though, primarily use Adobe Spark. In this session, we'll go beyond Spark and learn how Character Animator, Aero, and Rush can help infuse more creativity and wonder into your classroom.
Many teachers and schools are leveraging chromebooks in classrooms, allowing teachers and students to explore learning in new and powerful ways. However, managing a classroom full of students on chromebooks can be a headache. In this over-the-shoulder session, we will share how Alpine School District has implemented Blocksi, a tool that helps teachers keep students safe while enhancing the learning environment. We will demonstrate how Blocksi helps teachers manage a classroom and share teacher perceptions of using Blocksi.
In the past the Goshutes held bear dances every spring, but many of the elders who believed in the traditional dances are no longer living. The Goshutes don't practice bear dances any more, but they have other dances. Some of the other dances are strictly social, and some are to celebrate the coming of new seasons and plants. Some dances are held to ask for moisture to bless Mother Earth. This Goshute booklet is part of the Native American Indian Literacy Project storybook series for the six main Utah Tribal Nations. The project was led by Shirlee A. Silversmith, American Indian education specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. There are five stories per Tribe, with a total of 30 booklets, plus an ABC book. The set of Indian Tribal stories may be utilized by elementary classroom teachers to (1) develop an understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and societal contributions (2) provide a genre of text for the application of reading strategies, and (3) facilitate the mastery of various Utah Core Content Curriculum objectives. The Native American Indian Literacy Project was made possible by funds from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). It is a joint effort of the USOE and San Juan School District Media Center.
The full set has 30 booklets, measuring 5.5” x 8.5” each, and illustrated by tribal members. The booklets were formatted to be printed and assembled. This means that they do not read well when using a projector or smart board because the pages will appear out of order. If a teacher did want to use the books in an electronic format, they would be best off screenshotting the pages and arranging them in a slide presentation.
Combine engagement, critical thinking skills, and content through breakout rooms with Google! Bring your device to come have a hands-on learning experience. Participants will not only be able to try a Google break-out room for themselves, but walk away with tips & tricks on how to implement these in the classroom, and design their own mini break-out! Bring your google account, a device, and get ready to break-out!
Our purpose is to help educators enter the world of coding in elementary. The idea of this workshop is to help teachers, regardless of prior experience in CS, jump right in and see how they can start making it a part of their classroom. In the workshop, participants will participate in entry level coding and computational thinking activities that they can learn and take right into the classroom to engage with students. They'll be introduced to coding concepts in a simple and learner focused approach to help participants learn the basics. Additionally, we'll discuss how they can use it in a cross-curricular setting. Educators will leave the sessions with their new CS skills, ideas for the classroom, how to provide differentiation, and platform space to continue to practice their new skills themselves and with students.
In this panel presentation, elementary and secondary school level coaching teams (technology, literacy, and instructional coaches) will discuss how they collaborate to increase the impact of their coaching at their schools. District-level coaches and administrators will discuss how they have structured support and facilitated the implementation of school coaching teams. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions.
Learn how to inspire and engage the rising generation and reduce obstacles to learning in this 20-minute, STEM-based Over-the-Shoulder session provided by the SUU STEM Center for Teaching and Learning. Join us while we share STEM opportunities for educators and families through school STEAM nights, community STEM activities, professional development, free online homework help (available statewide), and our library resource system, which includes STEM tools and equipment, consumables, and even fully-stocked lesson kits.
Whether you are looking to start your own learner-driven program, add opportunities to an existing program, or simply add resources to your own classroom, you will find viable options to implement and resources you can start using today. Look through our K-12 SEEd standard classroom kits including earthquake structures, magnets, biomimicry and more. Each kit will have a take-home material lists and QR codes to access our online lessons.
As students engage with and search for information online, they encounter a landscape of false claims, conspiracy theories, and manipulated images and videos, much of which they may believe. This online climate requires more than the common practice of presenting multiple viewpoints and asking students to draw conclusions based on evidence. This presentation will provide strategies, tools, and resources for how to help students navigate this digital world, including ways to foster a classroom environment that supports conversations about tough topics.
Do you find yourself in coaching conversations where you wish you could ask questions that help your colleague authentically engage and reflect? This session will provide a brief overview of adult learning theory as it pertains to positioning and coaching language. Participates will receive instruction and support materials to aid in crafting both validation and growth questions.
Come learn how easy it is to create beautiful, effective school newsletters with smore.com. Product experts show off the tool, spark ideas and giveaway fun swag!
Engage with Research Quest, free, online, NGSS-focused, phenomenon-based investigations using digital lab spaces with authentic museum objects and research to build students' literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.
Wait, did that really happen? Fake news, clickbait, misinformation, disinformation, and even deep-fake technology are everywhere and their spread can have devastating effects. In a country where almost half of its citizens get their news from social media, individuals regularly diagnose themselves using google, but only 9% of Americans trust the media “a great deal,” we need to arm our students with the tools they need to navigate the media they encounter on a day-to-day basis. Students share stories within 15 seconds, often before reading it completely, so they need a simple, effective way to check whether something is legitimate or not before passing it on. Come and learn some quick and easy ways to teach this important skill to your students, and maybe even yourself.
How do you ensure that technology is being used in the classroom in a way that prevents false engagement and tech burn-out? Using the Triple E Framework we will discuss ways to engage, enhance, and extend student learning through the effective use of technology.
Innovation in education is reaching a tipping point where maintaining the status quo is no longer acceptable and you want to help lead the charge starting with your sphere of influence, whether that’s your classroom, your department, your school, or your district. Despite your tendency to innovate and improve, you want to make sure that if you are on the “leading edge” it doesn’t feel like you are on the “bleeding edge”. We will discuss how to lead such innovation, mistakes to avoid and lessons learned to prepare you for the journey ahead. Come prepared to discuss your aspirations and network with some dreamers and doers.
Are you tired of your students taking the first page results from Google and doing a copy/paste and calling it done when researching? Would you like to show them a way to collect, curate and cite the information they find anywhere online? Then come check out Scrible, the most advanced research and writing platform ever built to tackle the massive research and writing skills crisis undermining American students’ college and career readiness.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has secured a statewide contract to provide Scrible Edu Pro for all Utah K-12 educators and students.
In this student-facing activity, students will explore various TED videos as examples of digital short stories. After watching a video, students will complete a questionnaire and participate in a class discussion. (Public speaking image - free to reuse - from Pixabay.com) Resource Author: Matthew Winters, adapted by Katie Blunt
In 2012, the state of Utah began the formal Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) initiative and created Utah Master Plan, both of which focus on preparing students for success in the ever-changing economy, while at the same time situating Utah as a leader and innovator of the future. As a result, in the past ten years there has been much effort in Utah to provide all students and teachers with infrastructure, devices and applications for effective learning. The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, however, has thrown many Utah teachers in the deep end of online and distance teaching. Some early studies revealed certain vulnerabilities when it comes to educational technology usage, but they also pinpointed many opportunities for future professional development and other state initiatives. To assess the state of educational technology usage in Utah, we conducted a statewide online survey from January to July 2021. 902 teachers completed the survey reporting the frequency of usage for over 60 computer applications and classroom technologies. We followed the survey with ten in-depth interviews where among other things, teachers discussed challenges that they faced at the outbreak of the pandemic, as well as changes in their approach to teaching and technology as a result of the pandemic. In this lecture, we will present the results of that survey and discuss our interview findings.